London-based global outfit led by Morrocan oud player Soufian Saihi and incorporating sitar and clarinet in their swirl of Arabic and North African music. In support, Syrian Youssef plays the multi-stringed, zither-like kanun – an instrument she took up after being entranced by a recording in a taxi on the way to her violin lesson. The taxi driver told her there were very few female kanun players, so she duly ditched the violin. Both play as part of the annual Shubbak Festival of Arabic art and culture.
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